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Date: 5/17/13 2:11 PM

Hi, I'm looking for a serger, I have never owned one before but I would like to get a 4 thread mid range one. Probably around $450. Can I get anything decent for around that price? I understand that the cover stitch isn't available on the machines around this price usually, but would like to do rolled hem, blind hem etc. Juki's seem to be well liked but I don't know much about that brand. What are the most recommended sergers around $450?
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Date: 5/17/13 4:17 PM

I bought the Brother 1034 off Amazon two years ago. It runs about $200 online. I am an independent learner and even though it was my first serger, I had no problem getting up and running. It had a nice 4 thread stitch and a rolled hem. I didn't use it for a blind hem; I can set my sewing machine up to do that pretty easily. It is a workhorse and a very good beginner (or beyond) machine. I recently upgrade to a Elan combo because I wanted the coverstitch. So, are you an independent learner? There is a learning curve with a serger. A dealer can give you support and lessons but I think you will pay closer to $600 for a basic serger of any brand at a dealer.

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Date: 5/17/13 4:53 PM

Thanks for the reply! I learn best by being shown, but I guess there are lots of tutorials online. I was hoping to buy online at Amazon as well. I will look up an Elna combo machine but that doesn't sound cheap LOL :)

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Date: 5/17/13 5:01 PM

Ebay currently has multiple listings for Bernina 4 thread sergers. Any of the older metal bodied ones will outlive us all. I have two that have been in constant use since the 80"s and have never had any issue with them. I would check out the older Berninas. They may not look modern or fancy but they sew like crazy. There also a 2000 DCE with the case that is a latter model that is also great and the price falls into your budget and it would sew rings around anything you might buy on Amazon. Good Luck.

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Date: 5/17/13 5:34 PM

I bought a cheap (under $200) Singer serger from HSN a few years ago. I had no prior experience with a serger, but had it up and running after a half hour of playing with the threading, and serged a skirt for my daughter the same day. I still use it, am happy with it, and feel no great need for lessons, although just recently I purchased both Craftsy serger classes (on sale) out of curiosity. I'd like jet-air threading, but right now that's not a necessity, and I would rather (and did) buy a Coverpro 900x than worry about spending more on a higher-end serger.

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Date: 5/17/13 6:41 PM

I have the Brother 4234DT, which is the same as the 5234PRW. It has LED lighting and a needle threader like on the Brother and BabyLock machines. There is an extended work surface that doubles as storage. I like that you use a lever on the right side of the machine to lift the presser foot vs. having to reach around behind the needle. The machine comes with specialty feet, a helpful DVD and a manual with the same detail that their sewing machines have. The price has dropped since I bought mine for $499 off hsn.com so $399 is a great deal for the package. For some reason this model does not get a lot of attention but for the price you can't go wrong.

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Date: 5/21/13 7:17 AM

I'm also a first-time serger user looking to buy! Here in southern California, people most recommend Jukis or higher-end Baby Locks at the moment. There's a spirited cadre of Bernina loyalists, but the Jukis gave me better results. YMMV. It really is important you visit a dealer to make sure you end up with a good fit! I've tested a lot of machines in the last couple of weeks (everything in the current line-ups from Juki, Bernina, Elna, Brother, Baby Lock, Viking, some Singers and Consews, a couple of others I'm forgetting; plus a smattering of older machines) and talked to a lot of customers and dealers. I liked the Juki MO-654DE best, and will buy it as soon as soon as the dealers here get them back in stock. :)

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Date: 5/21/13 11:44 AM

I also bought a Brother 1034d serger a few years ago off of Amazon. I think it was selling for under $200 at the time. I love it! I bought a Craftsy class on sergers. This serger is very user friendly.

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Date: 5/21/13 1:01 PM

I recommend my Janome 634d my Lock electronically controlled serger which I paid $350 for a few years ago but has been $700 for maybe over a year now. So perhaps out of your price range for now. I had never even seen a serger but really found it easy enough to do on my own. There are no nearby dealers which is why I went with Sew Vac Direct. The Brother 1034d which seems very popular on PR is available for around $210 at Amazon and big box stores.

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Janome serger 634D, Brother PC6000, Singer 500A, Kenmore Mini-Ultra, vintage Bernina 600, White Rotary treadle, New Homestead A VS treadle

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Date: 5/21/13 1:51 PM

I have a Juki 654DE serger that I love. I would never buy any other serger now. Perviously I had a Babylock Evolve and a Babylock Imagine. I think this Juki sews circles around them.

Plus the price is reasonable. You should be able to find one for around 400 dollars. Good luck!

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